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3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 14 September 2009

Simon is joined by Sir Alan Sugar's trusted business confidant and star of 'The Apprentice' in her own right - Margaret Mountford. Michael Palin is in the studio to tell us about the second volume of his diaries, 'Halfway to Hollywood'. Iain Banks discusses his new book 'Transition', the first book to be serialised and given away free on iTunes. Plus, our TV reviewers will be here with guest reviewer Emma Fryer, co-writer of 'Home Time'.

  • Michael Palin in the studio...

    Michael Palin in the studio...

  • Python recalls 'frightened' reaction to the Life of Brian

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    Michael Palin tells Simon Mayo about the problems the Monty Python team had with The Life of Brian.

    Released in 1979, the film made little money in either British or American cinemas.

  • Iain Banks explains the 'multiverse' theory

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    Acclaimed novelist and science fiction writer Iain Banks talks to Simon Mayo about his latest book, Transitions, a work founded on the idea of 'multiverse' theory.

    Banks, who writes under the name Iain M Banks to denote his science fiction work, says his latest book combines both traditional fiction and science fantasy.



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    Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews

    Mark Kermode discusses the latest film releases with Simon Mayo. Lively, controversial and…

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